In a surprise announcement, Edgar Wright will no longer direct Marvel Studios’ upcoming American superhero film, Ant-Man, according to the studio.
Marvel is currently looking for a new director, Wright’s departure from the project won’t change the summer 2015 release.
The studio and Wright jointly parted ways on “Ant-Man due to differences in their vision of the film. The decision to move on is amicable and does not impact the release date on July 17, 2015. A new director will be announced shortly.”
Ant-Man is intended to be the twelfth installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Edgar Wright wrote the screenplay with Joe Cornish, with Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas starring as Lang and Pym, respectively. The principal photography is set to start in mid-2014 in Fayette County, Georgia.
American writer, filmmaker, and director of Marvel’s upcoming American superhero film, Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn took to Facebook to address fans questions about Edgar Wright’s departure:
“Sometimes you have friends in a relationship. You love each of them dearly as individuals and think they’re amazing people. When they talk to you about their troubles, you do everything you can to support them, to keep them together, because if you love them both so much doesn’t it make sense they should love each other?
But little by little you realize, at heart, they aren’t meant to be together – not because there’s anything wrong with either of them, but they just don’t have personalities that mesh in a comfortable way. They don’t make each other happy.
Although it’s sad to see them split, when they do, you’re surprisingly relieved, and excited to see where their lives take them next.
It’s easy to try to make one party “right” and another party “wrong” when a breakup happens, but it often isn’t that simple. Or perhaps it’s even more simple than that – not everyone belongs in a relationship together. It doesn’t mean they’re not wonderful people.
And that’s true of both Edgar Wright and Marvel. One of them isn’t a person, but I think you get what I mean.”
American screenwriter, and director of The Avengers (2012) and Avengers: Age of Ultron, Joss Whedon took to twitter and tweeted a selfie with him holding up a Cornetto ice cream cone as a salute to Wright and his series of comedic genre films The Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy.
Patrick Wilson also tweeted expressing his uncertainty on the project.
Yes yes…the big news was Edgar's departure and now not knowing the fate of the film. Big to ME anyway.
— patrick wilson (@patrickwilson73) May 23, 2014
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“Biochemist Dr. Hank Pym uses his latest discovery, a group of subatomic particles, to create a size-altering formula. Though his first self-test goes awry, he develops an instrument that helps him communicate with and control insects.”
Ant-Man is scheduled to be released on July 17, 2015.
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